Chancing your arm: the meaning of risk in rock climbing

West, Amanda and Allin, Linda (2010) Chancing your arm: the meaning of risk in rock climbing. Sport in Society, 13 (7-8). pp. 1234-1248. ISSN 1743-0437

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17430431003780245

Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between risk-taking and risk management by examining meanings attached to risk by a group of lifestyle sport participants. Drawing from in-depth interviews with male and female rock-climbers in the UK, it outlines the ways in which climbers' construction of risk and risk management were intimately related to broader discourses of risk and self-reflexivity in contemporary western society.
Analysing the data using Douglas' work on risk and identity shows how climbers' discursive practices surrounding risk management are intrinsically related to their assumed identity as a competent, experienced and good climber. Consequently, this group of climbers established their credentials not by daring or risk-taking actions on the rock face but instead by demonstrating their competence in the way they managed and controlled risk

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2012 13:48
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 11:42
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4578

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